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Midwest Digital Marketing Conference Returns to St. Louis

Posted by Ken Moire & filed under Events.

The Midwest Digital Marketing Conference (or “MDMC”) returns to Union Station in downtown St. Louis on April 12 & 13.

Background

In its first year in 2013, known then as the State of Digital Media Marketing Conference, the conference was a half day event hosted at the J.C. Penney auditorium on the campus of University of Missouri St. Louis. Now in its fourth year, event organizers UMSL Digital are hoping to reach over 2,000 attendees! This will be the second year that the event is held at the historic and expansive Union Station.

Midwest Digital Marketing Conference

Spry Digital are proud sponsors of this year’s conference. You can get more information about our digital platforms and sustainable tech for business from company representatives at our table in the exhibitors hall, so come by and say hello.

Speakers

Last year’s event included more than 50 speakers from digital leaders like BuzzFeed, Pandora, Refinery29, Pinterest, Under Armour, Johnson & Johnson, Eloqua, Ogilvy One, Google, Yahoo, Nielsen, eHarmony, LinkedIn, and more. This year’s event will once again have top speakers in areas of data, digital, e-commerce, creative, social media, tech and innovation.

Spry Digital’s Creative Director, Joe Duffin, will be on a panel discussion titled “Layers of Content: The Nuances and Evolution of Today’s Content Marketing Universe”.

We hope to see you at MDMC for what promises to be an inspiring two days of talks, networking, fun and digital!

For more information about location, speakers, schedule and tickets, visit the MDMC website.

Dispatches from the Spry Hive 2015: Week 14

Posted by Ben Scherliss & filed under Tips.

April inevitably arrives with a few pranks, but also with plenty new to discuss. Amazon wants you to push their buttons while Facebook wants to create a social presence for your children. We’re no fools here, so let’s discuss it all in the latest edition of Spry Hive.

Tech

April Fools Day has now passed, and who wasn’t fooled by the 360 Selfie Ring or Google Fiber dial-up? But there were more than a few other enjoyable fabrications launched in the tech world this year and here is a fun collection of some of the best.

And in what was not a hoax, Amazon announced that it wants you to be able to re-order your products from any room, closet or corner of your house. So they’ve made it all possible with their new “Dash Buttons” which will instantly purchase an order and can be placed literally anywhere in every residence, warehouse, farmhouse, henhouse, outhouse and doghouse.

Google had to kill about 200 different Chrome extensions this week, having to reclassify them as Malware. Apparently more than a third of these extensions which inject ads were, in fact,  deceptive and merited the reclassification.

If boring, traditional round pancakes are causing you ongoing morning depression, life no longer has to go on that way thanks to PancakeBot. The device pairs an electric griddle and a batter dispensing system which will effectively “print” pancakes into nearly any shape.

Social Media

We all know that there just isn’t a large enough of a social presence for babies on Facebook, so luckily the social media giant has announced Scrapbook. The company says this feature will “grow with your child” as you add photos of them. Nothing creepy here.

Facebook’s Engineering Director is now headed to the White House. 28 year-old David Recordon will join the administration as Director of Information Technology, a position which was created specifically for him.

Twitter has been showing ads in the news feed for some time now, but they’re about to take it up to another level — a personal one. The social company has apparently been testing promoted tweets which would begin showing-up on user’s actual profile pages, possibly appearing as tweets endorsed by or from that account.

Misc

A warning that this one may hurt your eyes a bit. Two of the most cringe-worthy fonts – Comic Sans and Papyrus –  are now merging to create Comic Papyrus.

SOURCE = Adweek

Moving on to some much more pleasant writings, you won’t believe how perfectly this calligrapher effortlessly re-creates the logos of iconic brands like Google, Adidas, Star Wars and Converse with pen and ink.

Cards Against Humanity has ironically found a means by which to benefit humanity. The popular, typically raunchy game is now releasing a science themed expansion to benefit women in STEM.

Development

Bloomberg’s been cooking-up a new single-page application framework called Brisket. The company is billing it as having “the best perceived speed, the greatest code freedom, and the strongest search engine optimization.”

If you’re a beginner with AngularJS you may get some good value from the interactive book Angular Basics. It covers Directives, Modules, Services, Controllers, Routing and is free.

Docker marked it’s second birthday this past week and as this article suggests, we should continue to expect big things from the open source software project.

SEO

With “mobilegeddon” fast approaching, many businesses and website administrators are scrambling to get in front of Google’s upcoming new mobile-friendly algorithm. Google is stating that it will impact more sites than their previous Panda or Penguin updates did, with the bottom line being that you’d better get mobile-friendly and fast.

Spam bots cause multiple annoyances such as corrupting your analytics data and using-up your server’s resources just to name a few. But there are some effective steps you can take to stop them from ruining your analytics referral data.


That’s a wrap for the first week of April. See you next Friday and we’ll have another go ’round again.

Dispatches from the Spry Hive 2014: Week 47

Posted by Ben Scherliss & filed under Tips.

Happy week-leading-up-to-Thanksgiving, everyone. It’s a special, yet nondescript limbo, as the laid-back innocence of the “non-holiday” season has now all but faded away. It is almost that time to dig-in our heels and embrace the inevitable, impending frenzy of gifts, family time and bad movies. But before that, we all get to engorge ourselves in a giant calorie-free feast featuring this week’s Spry Hive.

Startups

Spry Digital was thrilled to be a part of StartUp Connection this week, where some of the best early stage startup ventures in the St. Louis region were showcased. As always, Spry Digital was well-represented in the event’s resource fair, where we showcased examples of our work for startups, that included everything from branding to design and building and marketing web applications. We were all truly encouraged by the diversity of companies we heard from at the event.

At the end of the evening we awarded $1,500 in-kind to Arvegenix, a startup that is revolutionizing agriculture with the development of pennycress. Pennycress is a crop that will grow over winter between the corn-soy rotation thereby providing growers with an additional revenue crop which does not compete for food crop acres. We think you’ll be hearing a lot more about them in the near future. Congrats guys!

Speaking of startups, according to new research, St. Louis, Missouri is actually the fastest growing city in the world for tech startup funding. Dollar growth in the city grew by an impressive 1,221 percent between November 2013 and October 2014. This put St. Louis well ahead of Munich, Germany where funding grew at 728 percent.

The entrepreneurial footprint of St. Louis continues to grow, and as always, we’re honored to help some of the companies that are helping to shape our new economy.

Design

Dutch designer Christian Boer believes he has come-up with a dyslexic-friendly font to make reading easier for people suffering from the disorder. Unlike traditional fonts, his font called “Dyslexie” uses heavy base lines, alternating stick and tail lengths, and larger openings. These things give each character a more recognizable form, which is already being utilized by several large corporations. He’s also made it downloadable for free.

We’re getting such a kick out of these imagined posters for movie sequels. Who wouldn’t want to see Beetlejuice 2, or Bigger Trouble in Little China? It’s just fun. Worth noting and appreciating: the absence of  Police Academy 8.

Tech

Now, this is no small feet. Rather, very tiny ones. High-concept artist Jonty Hurwitz has created the smallest human sculptures ever assembled – too small, in fact, to be seen with the naked eye. Some of these sculptures can be seen standing tall inside the eye of a needle, or even on a human hair. You’ll definitely want to read on to learn just how he does it.

Source: Shortlist.com

Thanks to the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Mozilla, and others, SSL certificates will be free and easy to install, starting summer of next year. At that time, a new initiative called “Let’s Encrypt” will start providing free certificates for any website in need. This, coupled with Google’s recent announcement that using HTTPS will give your site a slight SEO boost, leaves little reason for not securing your website.

After 10 years together, Firefox is breaking-up with Google as it’s default search engine. The browser is leaving Google for a 5-year partnership with Yahoo which will begin this December. Yahoo greatly hopes this marriage will benefit them in their mission to reclaim their former prominence in Web search.

Apps

Hard drives aren’t much different from any closet, basement or attic in the sense that they all fill-up with storage of things we no longer use or need. If you have these issues (that is, being human), take a look at DaisyDisk. We appreciate the visual map that provides a detailed overview of all your Mac’s files and folders.

Social Media

Having “fake” friends has an entirely different meaning in the social media era than it did 20 years ago. In fact, a recent article in the New York Times outlines that many celebrities, politicians and companies often buy fake followers to enhance their perceived popularity online. What’s even more surprising is that many of these fake accounts can even be programmed to retweet certain topics, favorite a tweet or follow anyone who follows them.

Development

Contributing to an open source project can be a struggle. So we love this write-up about on how to contribute to open source without being a [jerk]. A note that the language in the article is a little blue, but the line of thinking is more than noteworthy.

Take a look at RemoteIE, which allows you to test the latest Internet Explorer on Windows, Mac OS X, iOS and Android. It’s a free service from Microsoft, and the key is you’re able to run the latest version of IE on the Windows 10 Technical Preview without the need to run a new OS or heavyweight virtual machine on your device. According to IE’s Program Manager, “We know that developers on Windows 7 want a way to test on the latest builds of IE and that the broader development community is eager to have the latest Internet Explorer available on other platforms”

Could you use another GIT cheatsheet? The people at CodeKarate.com have you covered with this one, which we think fits the bill rather nicely.

Misc

Sticking with the imaginary front, humor us and check out these Superheroes and supervillains reimagined as 16th century aristocrats. You might be taken aback just to how well some of them make the transition. Batman and Wonder Woman somehow appear as if they could fit seamlessly into Game of Thrones. As for The Hulk, well…Um. Hmmm.

We all know it isn’t Thanksgiving until we see tiny hamsters eating a traditional meal. Luckily the crew at Denizen has us covered with this year’s installment. There aren’t any surprising plot twists, which is perfect, as it delivers exactly what we all continue to crave: tiny hamsters eating tiny intricately-prepared meals.


Well, that concludes our big “pre-holiday” meal for this week. Time to stretch-out on that couch and passively watch that football game while passively listening to that uncle of yours talk politics. But we do hope you save-up some room for our next edition. Like the holidays, it will be here sooner than you think.

Dispatches from the Spry Hive 2014: Week 43

Posted by Ben Scherliss & filed under Tips.

Well, we’ve barreled ourselves forward in time all the way into week 43. It seems like just yesterday when it was week 42 and things were so simple. Just think, if we only knew then what we all know now. So, before the days slip by and we find ourselves suddenly into Week 44, let’s get to these week’s hot topics.

Social Media

Social Media seems to be in constant transition. MySpace has now been a punchline for years. The youngsters have fled Facebook for Instagram and Snapchat. Meanwhile, many adults have either been on Google+ all along, or are dipping their toes into it. But there’s a new ship on the horizon you’ve likely heard about, and that is Ello. Ello exploded onto the scene about a month ago, boasting itself as the new social media network which promises “No Ads Ever.” Now they’ve raised $5.5 million to file as a Public Benefit Corporation, legally restricting them from taking advertising. We’ll all be watching closely to see how that shakes-out.

Apps and Tech

Uber for private jets? Dating Apps for the top 1%? Hashtagged under “First World Problems,” there are a variety of new startups out there that are striving to make life easier for those who live on Easy Street. No longer do you need to ring a bell; now you can simply tap your phone. Need a few additional reasons to cringe? Here are 8 of the most First-World startups on the planet.

Why not just put an end to all these phone-cluttering Apps altogether? Well, this article believes they may already be dying-off in favor of a more “centralized” functionality (i.e. Cards). Seems that with every step technology takes forward, we in turn learn how to remove more unnecessary steps in our processes.

SOURCE: Medium.com

Games

The game SimCity is 25 years old. TWENTY-FIVE. Now that we’ve got your depression, it’s pretty wild to take a look back and compare it with what it used to look like. It’s also a great opportunity to catch up with it’s creator, Will Wright, to gain a better grasp as to what SimCity represented to him.

Google

If you think it’s time for email to evolve further, Google agrees. Their new mail app called “Inbox” (now, that shouldn’t confuse Mom at all) comes from the creators of Gmail. Key tenets include “Highlights,” “Bundles,” and “Reminders,” creating a bit of a virtual “headquarters” for all your stuff.

If anyone can make Google Glass look relatively hip, it’s singer/songwriter/producer/dancer FKA Twigs. She pulls it off rather well in her latest music video where she not only wears the glasses, but uses them to record her video while dancing and getting resourceful on the web. That’s some 21st-Century multitasking, right there.

Development

Twitter appears to be getting a little…feisty. At it’s developer’s conference this week it announced a new software development kit called Fabric, which could potentially touch every mobile user. “How” you ask? By luring developers to build Twitter into every app that gets written. If your eyebrow is raised too, here’s more info.

Matt Korostoff recently did his first Drupal 8 site build. During that process he quickly began to realize that as opposed to D7, there were very few resources out there for D8. This made Matt very sad. So he began compiling a list of 27 questions (and answers) from his efforts, all of which you can find here.

The number of women in Computer Science has dropped drastically since the mid-80’s, and a major catalyst for this change may surprise you. Seems there could be a possible correlation between this drop and the emergence of personal computers in the US household, which were largely marketed to younger men. The movies Weird Science, Revenge of The Nerds, War Games… See any pattern in the target audience?

DevOps

We want you to check out Bowery.io, which is a cloud-based automation of a development environment.  How about the ability to set-up your work environment in less than 30 seconds? Indeed it is a brave, new world.


A quick note that tomorrow, October 25th is Make A Difference Day, the nation’s largest day of service and volunteerism. If you’re not signed-up for something, no worries — maybe just take it as an opportunity to ponder something you could be doing.

That should be just about enough to digest for this week. Thanks again for dropping-by, and by all means if you have a comment or thought please post below for us!

 

 

Dispatches from the Spry Hive 2014: Week 40

Posted by Ken Moire & filed under Tips.

Hello and a Happy October, everyone. Wait… it’s already Week 40? Yes, the temps are falling, the leaves are falling, and with all that falling it’s really beginning to feel like Fall. This week we’ve got a few different flavors ranging from coding to music, wearable emojis, and combining social media with sculpture. Confused? You won’t be after sampling this week’s dispatch.

Tech

We just can’t get enough of drones. Drones in plays, drones delivering packages, drones flying into firework displays… Drones! Well, no reason to stop now. How about a small drone that you strap to your wrist like a watch, give it a flick, and it turns into a tiny quadracopter and flies-off? With a built-in camera and tracking which knows where you are, this could reinvent the selfie like never before.  And, of course, take creepiness to an entirely new level.

Adding new meaning to the expression “Feeling Blue,” some crazy Norwegians have found a way to use art to display social media sentiment in colors. In short, it’s a sculpture which drips various colors of paint in conjunction with the “mood” of tweets (or “Sentiment Analytics”) from your friends and neighbors. This concept was surely as confusing to us as it likely is to you now, so you’ll just have to see the video.

Say, remember Windows 9? Funny – neither do we, but Microsoft has announced that Windows 10 beta is now available for download. Any devices currently running Windows 8.1 can run Windows 10, but Microsoft cautions that any early builds can be risky. There are a few notable changes, including the Start Menu being put back where it was before Windows 8. This may beg the question: is Windows 10 an “apology” for some of the “panes” (sorry) in Windows 8? That remains to be seen.

Development

A couple fast-hits which have us buzzing…

One thing we highly recommend everyone check out is the 12-Factor App, which outlines a methodology for developers to follow when building modern web-based applications. The intent is codifying the best practices for building web apps with the main goal of improving work on a growing codebase.

Then there’s Sonic Pi, which is a free sound synthesizer that transforms music lessons with live coding. A genius angle on teaching children to code, but any adult can get addicted quickly. This is something you have to hear to believe, and it’s a total time-eater.

How about Meteor, which is a Javascript app framework. The most current version integrates with PhoneGap, so that you can build “native” apps and release them through App Stores. It also has a feature that lets you “hot-deploy” updates straight to the app without having to go through additional app reviews.

Design

Some of us have always struggled to express our emotions. Then, when emojis arrived on the scene, we were suddenly able to send someone a pile of dung with beady eyes to let them know we were feeling crappy this morning. For those of us who use more emojis than emotions, we might kick it up a notch, and start wearing our emojis on our sleeves. Literally. Patiently now waiting for a designer to come-up with a purpose for that inappropriate eggplant.

Is it possible that we’ve reached the heyday of the design field? Thanks to a crossroads between technology, modern creativity and the muscle of “big money,” this article suggests we may just be living in it. And it makes sense when you think about it. In the early days, technology had to be functional first, and then maaaybe it also looked a tad more like an object of affection as opposed to a box. Now, we want our gadgets, toys, and cars to be both ground-breaking and stylish. And then doubly so the next season.


So that just about winds things down for this week. Don’t be shy about chiming-in in the comments below – we’d love to hear your thoughts. Until then, keep your emojis in check, and have a great weekend!

Dispatches from the Spry Hive 2014: Week 35

Posted by Ken Moire & filed under Tips.

Welcome to Friday! We’ve collected some of the best links from the web this week for your clicking enjoyment. Sit back, relax, and check out what got us chatting this week.

Design

Some lovely graphic designs from The Project Twins. We especially like the A-Z of Unusual Words.

Dev and Web

If you’re curious if your website needs a content audit, chances are, it does. Here’s a tutorial on how to do it and why it’s awesome.

What would we do without our Chrome extensions? A cheatsheet for Git provides our developers an easy way to grab the most common Git commands.

Marketing

How Millennials are changing the long-held consumer model. Out with the old, in with the new.

Social Media

Twitter

Acura takes the cake for Twitter marketing. Configure your dream Acura (verdict is still out whether that is a thing) from right within Twitter.

We told you last week about some changes to your Twitter feed – mainly forcing “favorites” into your tweet feed. Popular Mechanics observes that a covert algorithm is no match for actual user behavior.

The team at Twitter have been busy as this week they have also announced brand new Twitter Analytics, you know, to get your analytics on. We’re fans of the insights it provides, like common interests.

Instagram

Etienne de Crecy's Hashtag My Ass Instagram Experiment

We’re already fans of the French house label Super Discount, but what Etienne de Crecy has put together for his new single is truly epic… Your Instagram photos as LP covers. Try it out… just be warned of excessive booty shaking in tight spandex. #HashtagMyAss

Speaking of Instagram, they’ve rolled out a new app this week. Create time-lapse videos with ease with Hyperlapse – it even stabilizes your videos much like a $15k Steadicam, but with a zero dollar price tag.

Quick Hits

Nonprofit, Zidisha, is changing peer-to-peer microlending with the support of Y Combinator.

The Double Bind. What’s the one word that’s frequent in negative women’s reviews, but not in men’s? And they say there’s no glass ceiling.


That’s it for this week and we hope you enjoyed SpryHive! We’ll catch you after a well-deserved holiday weekend.

Dispatches from the SpryHive 2014: Week 34

Posted by Ken Moire & filed under Tips.

Happy Friday and welcome to SpryHive – your one stop shop for all things shiny on the internet this week.

Design

Bridging the gap between design and social, Paste has collected 10 hand-lettering artists worth following on Instagram. Lovely, inspiring work.

Speaking of letters, this lovely animated short goes through the history of Typography. It made us smile.

It should go without saying, but it never hurts to be reminded: ALWAYS consider the function and audience of your project when you begin your design. This artist’s work seeks to encapsulate beautiful pieces that are entirely, perfectly useless.

Social Media

NowThisNews, a news startup, is harnessing the power of the “of the moment” apps. They’re using Snapchat to disperse the news. We kind of feel like this is so brilliant it goes past brilliant into horrible and almost becomes brilliant again. Judge for yourself.

Your Twitter feed is about to get a lot more chatty. Taking a cue from Facebook’s recent changes, Twitter is experimenting with a change that will start pushing other people’s “favs” into your news stream as retweets. We suspect they’re considering phasing out the fav button. Given Facebook’s troubled changes lately, we’re also not sure if following their lead is altogether a well-advised idea.

In other Twitter news this week, every geotagged Tweet using the #Ferguson hashtag was collected and put on a map in real time. THIS is what viral news looks like. Rather akin to a nuclear war played out on the internet. This is the state of media in the 21st century and it is fascinating.

Apps

If you’re still kind of sad you never got that Captain Midnight secret decoder ring, we’ve got an app for that. Knit lets you and your friends share secret messages, scavenger hunt style, in public places. (iOS only)

Tired of looking at the Tupperware of mystery leftovers or wondering if you can eat that chicken without a side of botulism? The Fridge app lets you keep a tally of what’s in your kitchen and how long you have left to eat it. (iOS only)

We’re going to cop to a pet peeve. We hate when we see an incorrectly capitalized title. Like nails on a chalkboard, really. Who capitalizes a non-leading article like “a” or “the”? This web app lets you type in a title and applies the correct capitalization rules. Trust us. Let’s band together to make social media teasers grammatically correct. Change begins with us!  (web app)

Miscellaneous

What if Michael Bay directed “Up”? Spoiler: ALL OF THE EXPLOSIONS.

pear baby

You can buy pears shaped like babies in China. Pear babies have the most tender flesh. And now we’ve lost our appetites.

Aphex Twin announced their new album on the Deep Web. That’s more underground than underground.


Did we miss your favorite tidbit from the week? Let us know! Until then, catch you next time.

Dispatches from the SpryHive 2014: Week 33

Posted by spry & filed under Tips.

Happy Friday! We’ve got your weekly roundup of all that’s awesome from the week. As usual, there’s something for everyone. Pull up a seat!

Social Media

If you’re passionate about cultivating a Twitter following, don’t get too excited about all those new followers. Twitter admits that as many as 23 million of its active users are actually bots.  Granted, some of them are amazing and inexplicable. But most are just annoying.

And here’s a bunch of times Facebook’s targeted advertising became both hilarious and disturbing. Thinking twice about that ad blocking software?

Ever wonder how Facebook decides to recommend pages for you with the targeted advertising? One writer experimented by liking everything for two days to get a better understanding of the algorithm.  What’s surprising is just how quickly it manages to snowball.

Speaking of Facebook, if you’re holding out on downloading the Messenger app and you happen to have an iPhone, you might just have a workaround. Lucky you.

And there’s a new app on the market if you’ve already burned out on Snapchat and Yo. The “Sup” app lets you get a 10 second live video of your friends when they accept your ‘sup?!’ message by turning on their phone. Is this the natural progression of social media oversharing or pretty darn awesome?

Development & Tech

Remember Dwarf Fortress? The granddaddy of Minecraft is changing how NYC’s MoMA defines and preserves “art”. We are huge fans.

If you’re looking for more online resources to brush up on, or begin your journey in to development, you might want to check out Udacity.

Are you a Wes Anderson fan like we are? Some pretty clever parallels between his movie-making ethos and good UX/UI.

This week we saw the roll out of the US Digital Service. A direct result of the overhaul on healthcare.gov, the US Digital Service “works to find solutions to management challenges that can prevent progress in IT delivery” and deliver a customer-focused government through smarter IT.

Sometimes, responsive design can get a bad rap – critics cite slow load times and bloated code. Is that true?

The majority of the Spry team is made of avid readers and we’ve come up with various ways to keep our libraries mobile and instantly accessed with tablets and Kindles. We enjoyed this look at the evolution of the Kindle and why the Kindle is eking closer to the 10 principles of good design.

Miscellaneous

A barbaric yawp will be heard in World of Warcraft. Following a fan petition, the MMORPG will be adding a Robin Williams NPC to honor the actor and avid WoW player. He was one of us. Bangarang, good sir.

It’s one thing to get worked up about a faceless tech company using you as its guinea pig (we see you, Facebook), but what about your boss? Two Dutch designers decided to try an open office experiment on a bunch of freelancers.  We inadvertently learn a lot about just how much people will put up with, as well as how important perks are to a work environment.

slugtallica

The two entries in “We Freaking Love the Internet!” this week: Cat Sushi and Slug Solos. No cats were harmed in the making of the sushi. We make no promises on the slugs, but they probably ended up with at least a few groupies. (Just kidding, they are clearly ‘Shopped.  We can tell by the pixels. We’re experts.)

Don’t try to hide a body using Siri. Come on, guys. Siri-ously? (Sorry, we’ll see ourselves out.)


Thanks for catching up with us and SpryHive. Have a delightful weekend! We’re back to the grindstone next week stirring up new articles and nimble web solutions just for you!

Dispatches from the SpryHive 2014: Week 32

Posted by spry & filed under Tips.

In case you missed our app recommendations from last week, we’re still really digging them. Added to the pile this week is Personal Blocklist – a Chrome extension that lets you block annoying sites from your Google search results. This week, various members of the Spry team had their own special geek-out moments. LEGO finally released the promised women scientists minifig set. We marveled over the aesthetic beauty and practical implications of this coffee alarm clock. And our Apple fan contingent squealed at the official release date for the iPhone 6 (Spoiler: September 9). Some of us even got to see Monty Python Live when it (finally) came through our fair city.

So, yeah, it’s been a pretty good week.

Startups

According to the Global Leadership Forecast, gender and generational gaps are more than just corporate buzzwords. Successful companies tend to have more women and Millennials in leadership. Arguments of causation and correlation aside, perhaps the strongest argument in favor of more workplace diversity is a broader variety of ideas and opinions. When you’re in a creative or dynamic field like a startup, that’s a crucial factor that separates the successes from the flops.

Design

Copyright. Fair use. Creative Commons. Public domain. If you’ve ever wondered if it was ok to just right click and “save as” that cute photo of a kitty cat to use on your own blog, check this infographic first.

We’re halfway through 2014 and what better time for an analysis of the emerging trends in logo design. If you’ve seen a lot of hand drawn type, hexagons, and crests, you’re already noticing a few of the hot design motifs (but there’s so much more).

Bridging the gap between design and development, this slick website examines UX using Google Venture’s HEART framework to measure success on your own project. Who doesn’t want to build a site that truly answers what your audience wants from your design?

Developers

We’ve said it again and again, but learning to code not only benefits your brain, it could also benefit your wallet. Coding School graduates can boost their yearly salaries by 44%. Not too shabby.

“Off with their heads!” isn’t just for the Queen of Hearts. Drupal is quivering a little, too. Headless Drupal is totally a thing and some are arguing it’s going to be even better than Twig.

Security

It’s been a bad week for internet security. This week, we learned that 1.2 billion passwords were stolen by Russian hackers. An Australian teenager (with an admittedly impressive history) showed us that PayPal’s security features aren’t *quite* what they’ve led us to believe. Change your passwords, people! You know the drill.

Social Media

We got a sneak peek of Twitter’s new easier-to-use hashtags. No more wondering what #omgwtfbbq means.  (Seriously, though. BBQ.)

Every generation has its hero. Ours has the Twitter vigilante. Distressed by the sub-par promoted corporate tweets, SocialLandlord calls out crap corporate tweets for the bad marketing that they are.

And if you ever wanted to make Twitter easier (say, for a story lead or market research?) you need to know about belong.io.  It pulls the best links and stories from Twitter to give you a leg up on tomorrow’s hottest thing.

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

You probably caught wind of the weirdest Kickstarter yet. We love potato salad as much as the next person, but $55k is a bit much. Lucky for us, Kickstarter broke down the numbers for us. There’s probably some marketing analysis in that, but you don’t have to take our word for it.

Classic reddit prank, Cat Facts, now has its very own app. Troll your (former) friends. Call it a great exercise in how to lose friends and alienate people.

A couple with way too much time on their hands has figured out a way to let their fish play Pokemon. It already has a Charmander, so it’s doing better than we ever could.

And in a mashup that warms the cockles of our dark little hearts, something that we didn’t know we were waiting our whole lives to see. Joy Division meets Star Trek. It is majestic.worf2

If you’re the type of person who loves to jailbreak or root your phone the second you buy a new one, take heart. President Obama signed a bill that made jailbreaking your phone no longer a crime.

Finally, because we HAVE to get at least one Monty Python reference in this week: The Monty Python guide to running a business (for entrepreneurs).


That’s all, folks! Enjoy your weekend.